How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

by Jane Yolen (Author)

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
From early childhood to life after eighty, the great challenge of any friendship is keeping it healthy and strong. In this funny, engaging book, award-winners Jane Yolen and Mark Teague present humorous, naughty dinosaur antics that any young sibling or friend will instantly recognize -- followed by dinosaur-sized hugs and expressions of affection.

Do children in your home ever fight over a toy? Do good friends at school ever push or call names? And do buddies also know to share, give cookies, and apologize?

Come along and laugh in the tenth full-sized book in this highly acclaimed series -- as little ones make friends and stay friends ... the dinosaur way!
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Kirkus Reviews

The 10th dinosaur outing for Yolen and Teague playfully addresses the minefield of school friendships, as always cleverly subbing in outsized dinosaur antics for the gigantic feelings in every little kid's body...who can resist when dinosaur buddies share a sincere, well-earned hug?

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1—The latest addition to the series does not disappoint with this friendship-based tale. Like Yolen's other "How Do Dinosaurs..." series titles, this picture book features comical rhyming, dinosaur identification, and a great moral lesson. The book starts by listing naughty deeds a dinosaur might commit, such as "Does he tear up a book that his friend let him take? Does he throw his friend's lunch box straight into the lake?" Halfway through the book, the line "No...a dinosaur doesn't. He won't even try." sets the tone for the remainder of the picture book. By listing good deeds a dinosaur does for his friends, even if they're fighting, Yolen provides a great takeaway message for preschoolers everywhere. Teague's oversize and colorful illustrations are a delight as always, and the dinosaur's facial expressions are a clear winner in this latest title. VERDICT Perfect for storytimes and one-on-one reading.—Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen is the author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon and the New York Times best-selling How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? With Candlewick, she is the editor of three collections of poems for children: Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems; Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry; and This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomime Rhymes. She divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of Loony Little: An Environmental Tale. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Guided Reading Level
Blue Sky Press (AZ)
Publication date
February 23, 2016
How Do Dinosaurs...?
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
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